Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…n This fee is charged in addition to either the base testing fees, the fee for a new product family, or the fee for a revised Spec Sheet/Spec Book. This fee will also be applied for recalculations of the Daily Energy Service values for renewals of product families when changes have been made to the family that could impact the Wh/day values. Benchmarking Analysis This fee covers the cost of performing a benchmarking analysis of a product’s perform…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…ges have been made to the initial specification regarding the requirements for performance reporting, ports and batteries as well as to health and safety. Boosting an emerging market Because the market for off-grid, renewable energy products is embryonic, international standards can provide a catalyst for building trust between manufacturers, consumers, and governments. They bring credibility to the technologies while also protecting consumers. Ma…

Fragile and Conflict States

…tion also advocates for improved consumer protection, which can be achieved by referencing the Lighting Global Quality Assurance framework. For further information contact bds@lightingglobal.org…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…grid solar is playing a vital role in providing a basic level of service . For example in Ethiopia, 25% of those with access – around 12 million people – are connected through off-grid solar. These solutions provide backup for unreliable grid connections and access to those unlikely to be served by the grid any time soon. A solar home system capable of delivering a Tier 1 level of service can cost as little as $100, with the costs borne by the end…

Blog | Lighting Nigeria:Tackling Energy Poverty Despite Covid-19

…On its part, government should look into the business environment, especially as regards tariffs, for the nascent off-grid energy sector. Consumers will need to develop their solar literacy in order to make informed decisions about their off-grid energy options for household and productive uses. With this kind of collaborative work, the vision of providing energy for all by 2030 becomes achievable.  …

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…es – for sustenance, or income, or both. With so many unable to power or afford appliances, a full 65% of land in Sub-Saharan Africa is tilled, ploughed, and weeded manually, resulting in globally low farm yields – while over a quarter of the adult population in the region suffers from food insecurity. Electrical appliances, such as irrigation systems and refrigeration, could increase food production and reduce post-harvest losses – but without el…

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo)

…d financial institutions that provide leasing that makes valuable assets affordable for low-income customers. They straddle two value chains, with vertical integration within those operations. In the emerging markets and start-up contexts where most PAYGo lenders operate, it presents a unique set of challenges. Lighting Global teamed up with CGAP to unpack critical issues and provide guidance to both the companies themselves and the investors that…

Quality Assurance

…surance services, please visit their website by selecting one of the quick links below. Quick Links Homepage Learn more about VeraSol and its expanded quaity assurance service offerings. Product Database View hundreds of certified solar energy kits and tested off-grid appliances. Test or Certify Your Product Contact the VeraSol team and initiate the testing or certification process. Test Methods Learn more about test methods for solar energy kits…

2020 H1 SALES REPORT | COVID-19 Drives 26% Drop in Sales

…fficient fans dropped by 54% when compared to January – June 2019. This is linked to the more severe drop in sales seen in their main market, South Asia. Investment Impact When looking at investment, the first part of 2020 saw $198 million in commitments by 31st August – comparable to the rate of investment seen last year. Even more encouraging is the support the sector is still receiving from its leading investors. Among 31 surveyed, 75% anticipa…

ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT | Solar Run Helps Consumers Access Energy with PAYGo Enabled Solutions

…s will bring tremendous marketing value to PAYGo solar and our products.” “For the off-grid solar market, VeraSol (formerly Lighting Global Quality Assurance) provides consumers, professional buyers, investors and development programs the accurate, trusted, third-party product certification they need to make informed decisions. Manufacturers are leveraging VeraSol quality certification to stand out from competitors and build market confidence for